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Or does anyone else find it hilarious when people's dogs take them for a walk?

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YoureBeingADick Tue 08-Oct-13 11:20:37


I see this quite often. People 'walking' their dog by attaching a lead and then leaning back at a 45degree angle before yelling 'moosh' ( or however it's spelled) and taking off down the street almost on their backside. Well at least that's what it looks like they've done. Why dont people learn how to walk their dogs? confused grin

SPsTwerkingNineToFive Tue 08-Oct-13 11:24:46

I have never heard anyone shout 'moosh' at a dog.

TessTackle Tue 08-Oct-13 11:26:03

Never ever fails to make me laugh.

My DP's family have two beautiful dogs. The young female literally drags my DP (6ft and stocky) through the park like he's a rag doll.
And the older Male walks inbetween your legs which is hilarious if you're 5ft like me. grin

Sometimes it can be fixed with training and others, like us , it just can't.

YoureBeingADick Tue 08-Oct-13 11:28:15


I meant moosh as in the way huskies are ordered to pull a sledge. Because thats what it looks like. I didnt mean they actually shout moosh! grin

PeterParkerSays Tue 08-Oct-13 11:28:18

Depends on the dog. The woman on Saturday with a sodding great beefy Rottweiler which she obviously had no control over, not so much.

Sorry, killed your thread a bit.

YoureBeingADick Tue 08-Oct-13 11:28:54

Oh i agree peter! That is scary- ive seen that too

NCHammerTime Tue 08-Oct-13 11:46:04

It's quite embarrassing when it's happening to you!

I gave up taking my DBro's labrador puppy for a walk because lead training simply wasn't working, and my hands were constantly sore as a result - the silly thing would pull with all his strength until he was choking and gasping for air throughout, even though I stopped dead every time he started to tug on the lead. I regularly saw other dog walkers and pedestrians giving me Looks, but none of the techniques or trouble-shooting tips worked!

Eventually I found a harness that he will tolerate and everybody can walk him comfortably now, but he still runs ahead even though he's learnt not to pull... blush

YoureBeingADick Tue 08-Oct-13 11:49:02

Nc have you tried a halti with him? I had a beagle and a halti was the only thing that worked with him.

NCHammerTime Tue 08-Oct-13 12:16:31

Thanks for the recommendation, YoureBeingADick! Which kind do you use: the one that goes over the face, or the body harness style?

I looked into them a few months ago, but the puppy was growing ridiculously fast back then so a super-adjustable harness was the only choice. He's nearly fully grown now though, so I could get him one as a Christmas present [evilgrin].

Funghoul Tue 08-Oct-13 12:18:09

My brother has a lovely greyhound who we look after from time to time. When he decides to run you have no choice but to follow on your arse!

BionicEmu Tue 08-Oct-13 12:19:59

My spaniel does this blush

To be honest, I absolutely hate it & wish he would walk nicely, would make life much, much easier.

YoureBeingADick Tue 08-Oct-13 12:21:35

I used the one that slips over their nose as it tightens when they pull and loosens when they ease up on the lead. It did take time for him to get used to it and he tried to get out of it a fair few times but he settled well and got used to the idea that he just walked next to me and that was that.

mistlethrush Tue 08-Oct-13 12:22:48

I've seen lots of people with pullers recommend getting a harness with a D ring at the front - so if they pull they end up facing you rather than the way they want to go - so they learn that they need to walk with a loose lead.

YoureBeingADick Tue 08-Oct-13 12:23:51

I have sympathy for you both, i really do- but it still makes me crease up with laughter when i see it. It reminds me of 101 dalmations when pongo takes roger for a walk grin

MoominMammasHandbag Tue 08-Oct-13 12:23:55

I have often wondered about this. When I was a kid our dog always walked to heel until he was let off the lead. Is this deeply unfashionable now or something?

BionicEmu Tue 08-Oct-13 12:25:50

I've tried a halti, didn't work. Like the sound of the D-ring harness though. Although I've tried the whole stopping when he starts pulling thing, the theory being that the dog wants to keep on going. Well my dog doesn't, he's perfectly happy to just stand there wagging. Similarly, when I tried turning around and walking the opposite direction whenever he pulled, he just kept on wagging.

MsWilliamTheBloody Tue 08-Oct-13 12:27:02

I saw a dog taking himself for a walk the other day.

Has the handle of his lead in his mouth and was happily trotting along.


People with massive dogs who can't hold onto them scare the shit out of me. Saw a smallish guy with a mahoosive Bull Mastiff once. He went where the dog went.


Binkyridesagain Tue 08-Oct-13 12:27:43

My dog walks to heel, he knows left from right so I can get him to swap sides, he sits beautifully at the road side. I think I've done quite well at training him. Until the lead gets put on, then whatever he has learnt falls out of his ear and is trampled under his paws.

Dahlen Tue 08-Oct-13 12:28:12

There's an art to lead-training, and unless you start it when the dog is a puppy it can take a long time. It's not that dissimilar to parenting TBH - it's all about consistency. Give in just once and you'll undermine all the hard work you've put in prior to that point.

If you have a dog who is a confirmed puller, doesn't respond to recall and has a tendency to jump up at strangers or chase other dogs/animals, it's a horrible situation to be in because you're never in control and therefore totally culpable if something goes wrong. What should be an enjoyable stroll becomes a chore where you're always on tenterhooks.

YoureBeingADick Tue 08-Oct-13 12:29:49

Mswilliam my dog does the lead in mouth thing aswell but only when i am there. I dont just open the door and let him go grin

I also know a very small woman who walks two JAs. i dont know how her arms are still in their sockets as those dogs really are testing the lead strength.

FayeKorgasm Tue 08-Oct-13 12:29:56

I've a very strong Labrador and get taken for a walk, the halti body harness helps. She wouldn't put up with the version that goes over her nose - infact she pulled it off!

She does recall nicely though, so she doesn't embarrass me completely grin

SnakeyMcBadass Tue 08-Oct-13 12:31:01

My spaniel drags me in his wake. I have tried everything (and I mean everything) to change it, but bugger all works. He does calm down after a bit and pull less, but initially I have to brace myself or I take off like a water skier. The front attach harness just led to him galloping along sideways, like a crab on speed. The canny collar worked much better, but made him miserable. Now, I use a flat collar and lead and tuck the lead under his front leg. Then at least when he pulls the strain is on the top of his neck and not his windpipe. Dappy animal would have a blue tongue he pulled so much <eye roll> BTW, this is a 15kg spaniel. I have no idea how people cope with larger, bad lead mannered walkers.

Dahlen Tue 08-Oct-13 12:31:41

I used to have a dog who walked beautifully on the lead and came first time on recall. But you couldn't leave him in the garden - even with a 6ft fence all round it - because he'd scale it and run away! hmm I did briefly consider razor wire... grin

TerraNotSoFirma Tue 08-Oct-13 12:31:50

My setter pup pulls a lot on the 2 minute walk to the woods, once he's had a run off lead he walks perfectly to heel with the lead loose.
But getting to the woods is a bit embarrassing, he should almost be full size now so will try a harness soon.

Davsmum Tue 08-Oct-13 12:32:41

The woman who lives opposite us has a Rottweiler and I used to see her every day being dragged along when she took the dog out. She had no control over it at all - Then she got a dog trainer to come out and teach her how to walk the dog properly.
It was really fascinating to see how the dog - but more how SHE changed.

Now when she takes the dog out it is really obedient and walks really well totally under her control.
You should never let a dog lead you because then the dog thinks it is the dominant one.
Its never the dog - its the owner not knowing what to do!

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